Dr. Edward Bouchet

Dr. Edward Bouchet was the first Black person to earn a Ph.D. and one of the first Black graduates of Yale University.

Degree(s): Physics

Undergraduate Institution: Yale University

Graduate Institution: Yale University

Photo Credit: The African Abroad vol II. 1913 [Public domain]

Dr. Edward Bouchet was the first Black person to earn a Ph.D. and one of the first Black graduates of Yale University. He was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society. Despite his academic achievements, Dr. Bouchet found it difficult to obtain faculty positions. He eventually spent the majority of his career as a professor at HBCUs such as Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and St. Paul’s College.

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